I had trouble sleeping last night -- I was thinking of Gwen.
I don't remember how I found her blog, months ago, but she's someone I keep coming back to. She's lived through unimaginable grief -- the loss of a baby -- and has written honestly and with courage about how that tragedy has affected her life.
And two weeks ago, she wrote for the first time about being severely beaten by her husband. And this month she found the strength to finally throw him out.
So yesterday, when she received a 48-hour shut-off notice from the electric company with $800 past due owing -- money that her waste of a husband said that he had paid -- it nearly undid her.
And I said to myself, self, if 40 of us blogger folks could each send her $10, she'd be half-way there, and she and her two kids will not have to deal with the additional trauma and fear of losing their electricity on top of everything else they've been through.
So I successfully nudged her to set up a PayPal account.
I know it's presumptuous of me to ask, but if each of you dear friends could send a few dollars her way, it would make a huge difference. Here is the link.
And hug your families today.
UPDATE (Friday, 9:50AM EST): The PayPal link is being buggy (again). I have contacted Gwen to ask for a corrected link and will update this post as soon as I hear from her; please check back later!
UPDATE (Saturday, 9:55AM EST): Gwen's site is back up and live, and the link on her site is working. I have also updated the link above, which should now be working. THANK YOU ALL!